03Jul/19

Matthew Lastinger Joins Hill Ward Henderson

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to welcome Matthew “Matt” Lastinger as an associate in the firm’s Corporate & Tax group. Mr. Lastinger’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, as well as general corporate advice. He has represented both public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, entity formation and securities reporting and compliance matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lastinger was an associate in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Lastinger received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2016.  During law school at the University of Florida, he was a member of the Florida Law Review. Prior to law school, Mr. Lastinger received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Florida.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.hwhlaw.com.

03Jul/19

Career Tech, LLC Granted National Accreditation

Atlanta- The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to Career Tech, LLC. Announcement of the action was made by Dr. Lois Gackenheimer, Commission Chair, following the June Commission Meeting of the Council on Occupational Education on June 14, 2019.

The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Commission, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers.

The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.

Career Tech, LLC began its self-study in November 2018 and underwent a team visit in March 2019. The visiting team chairperson was Ahmad Dib.

The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to postsecondary technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education.  Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and technical education providers, and informational services. Most of the Council’s work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in technical education.

Institutional membership in the Council is voluntary but can be achieved only by becoming accredited. The Council’s current membership makes it unique. Members include postsecondary public technical institutes, specialized military and national defense schools, Job Corps Centers, private career schools, non-profit technical education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions. No other agency accredits and serves the diversity of organizations served by the Council. There are over 500 institutional members at the present time.

03Jul/19

Forbes Names Lakeland Regional Health To Its List of Best Places to Work in Florida

Lakeland, FL – The trusted business resource and publication Forbes named Lakeland Regional Health to its list of Best Employers in Florida.

“Every day, our managers and their team members create a powerfully engaging and diverse work environment at Lakeland Regional Health,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “We are thrilled that our team members esteem our workplace so highly.”

Forbes partnered with the market research company Statista to pinpoint organizations that employees liked best in this ranking of best employers by state. This is the first time Forbes has undertaken a state-by-state ranking.

The list is formed using a survey, conducted anonymously by Statista, which sampled over 30,000 American workers from all industry sectors. According to Forbes, the respondents are demographically representative of the workforce in the United States. One of the key metrics was the employee’s willingness to recommend their organization to others as a career choice.

“We are honored to continue to receive national recognition for our organizational commitment to creating a healthy, nurturing and vibrant workplace culture,” said Scott Dimmick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Lakeland Regional Health was one of two winners of the Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award, presented in April 2019 by Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP. In December 2018, Lakeland Regional Health earned a People First award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and in October 2018, the Florida Hospital Association recognized Lakeland Regional Health as the Best Large Hospital Workplace.

Lakeland Regional Health joins another Lakeland-based organization, Publix Super Markets, on the Florida list.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

03Jul/19

SPCA Florida Receives The Grey Muzzle Organization Grant

Lakeland FL – SPCA Florida, a nonprofit 501c3 animal rescue organization has received $7,500 from The Grey Muzzle Organization Grant for veterinary and dental care of senior dogs. SPCA Florida is one of 62 animal welfare groups chosen from 240 applicants to receive the grant.

 

“We are thrilled to have the funds to provide much needed dental and veterinary care for our senior dogs,” said Shelley Thayer, Executive Director of SPCA Florida. “No one is more grateful than an older dog who is given a second chance at finding and giving unconditional love. By The Grey Muzzle Organization providing this service, it will significantly increase our senior dog’s changes of finding the loving home they all deserve,” said Thayer.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like SPCA Florida make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in Polk County are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of SPCA Florida.”

In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided almost $2 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

Bandit is one of many great senior dogs available for adoption at SPCA Florida. For more information, please visit www.spcaflorida.org

 

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The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide.    

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.

03Jul/19

Chest Pain Center Earns Polk County’s Only Accreditation With Primary PCI and Resuscitation

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center once again earns a prestigious three-year accreditation for its Chest Pain Center from the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services. This is the first time the accreditation distinguishes the Medical Center as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation, proving exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and providing round-the-clock percutaneous coronary intervention.

Lakeland Regional Health’s Chest Pain Center, part of the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine, is the longest accredited Chest Pain Center in Polk County and the only one with this special designation.

“Our cardiologists, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists, anesthesiologists, specialty-trained cardiac nurses and team members work diligently to hold themselves to a stringent standard of cardiac care,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “We are so pleased to offer such a comprehensive and high level of cardiac care at the area’s most established chest pain facility.”

This accreditation is the result of a rigorous onsite evaluation of the Chest Pain Center team’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Hospitals that earn this specialized accreditation comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. They also maintain a “No Diversion Policy” for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

Lakeland Regional Health’s Chest Pain Center has been at the forefront of coordinating the timeliest acute heart attack care possible with Polk County’s Emergency Management Services. Because each minute is critical with heart attack care, this collaboration authorizes paramedics to initiate the call that brings in the on-call cardiac interventional team at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. The national benchmark put forth by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for acute heart attack care is 90 minutes or less. With the EMS initiative, the Lakeland Regional Health Chest Pain Center consistently treats acute heart attack patients in 40 to 45 minutes.

“Every day, we deliver the very best outcomes for our patients and their families,” said John Canto, MD, FACC, MSPH, Director, Lakeland Regional Health Chest Pain Center. “We constantly evaluate and innovate ways we can offer the timeliest care possible for patients who may be having a heart attack.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success.

“Lakeland Regional Health has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Lakeland community with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, Chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Lakeland Regional Health with Chest Pain Center Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation.”

PCI is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans experience a heart attack each year. As a reminder, heart attack symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, should, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn-like feeling
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden dizziness and fainting

Women, however, are more likely to have atypical symptoms or no symptoms at all.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

 

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org. For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call 877.271.4176.